Fresh Food Friday: Delicious Strawberry & Banana Fruit Smoothie

One day I saw a wiry guy in a three piece suit hustle from his car with a banana. He was clearly running late, and grabbed breakfast on the go. Naturally a people watcher, I glanced over, curious to see what he was doing as I was getting out of my vehicle at a safe distance.

He pressed the button on a key chain to lock his car, slipped fashionably dark shades off his face, and jerked his creased suit sleeve up to check the time like he had done this particular routine a million times before. Releasing a frustrated sigh, he hurriedly peeled the banana, tucked his sunglasses inside his jacket, and scooped up his suitcase, taking long strides until he sprinted up the stairs, inhaling his breakfast.

I remember standing amused for a minute or two wondering how the heck someone could not take time to enjoy one of the simplest meals of the day.

Fast forward a few years later, and *I* am rushing out the door with a banana for breakfast on the go, just like the guy in the parking lot. I haven’t gotten to the stair sprinting yet, but great things are yet to come.

A wonderful option for a delicious and nutritious breakfast (or treat) is a fruit smoothie. I know breakfast jump-starts a person’s metabolism each day and it is important not to skip it because Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser says so……and because I’ll find any excuse to eat, so it may as well be yummy and beneficial too.

StrawberryBananaSmoothie

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The great thing about smoothies are, they are interchangeable. All one really needs is a great liquid base (milk, yogurt, almond milk, etc), favorite fruits, and optional but also beneficial natural food add-ins like seeds, green veggies, and whatever else you feel the need to add but would rather not taste. Your heart’s desire all in a custom smoothie. There is no wrong or right way to make one, and there are tons combinations out there.

I like to keep things simple. So here’s my recipe for a delicious Strawberry and Banana Fruit Smoothie, a yummy frozen treat as the weather becomes warmer:

½ cup of Cabot’s low-fat Greek Yogurt

2/3 cup frozen strawberries

½  large 8 inch banana

6 tsp sugar (Save on cals and lower sugar grams by using sugar substitute if desired)

Ice as needed

Water as needed (gradually add it between blending to make it as thin or thick as you’d like)

Optional: 1 cup of fresh spinach

*Blend all ingredients until smooth, experimenting with the thickness by alternately adding ice and water gradually, until it is as preferred for your tasteful fruit drinking pleasure.

Consume, enjoy, and savor the cool treat all while getting a healthy start on the day!

Nutritional Information for this recipe:

300 Total Cals – 60 g Carbs – 3g Fat – 13g Protein – 85g Sodium – 44g Sugar

~ I would love to know, what is your favorite meal of the day and why? ~

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